What I Learned Watching: E.J. Price

Matt DeBary takes a look at Archer OL E.J. Price on film.

is a 2016 offensive tackle prospect who is listed at 6’6 295 lbs.. It’s easy to see why Scout.com has him ranked as the #4 Tackle prospect in the South.

I was able to watch Price play live twice this past fall. Once was against Shiloh about halfway through the season, and the other during the Rising Seniors game. He had a good game against Shiloh, but not as good as I was hoping for. There were times when he looked completely dominant, and there were other times when he got beat by a speed rush, or got called for holding. He had a little trouble during the Rising Seniors game also, but so did every other offensive lineman for the most part. I will give him a small pass during the all-star game because he had limited time to work with and develop chemistry with the rest of the offense.

What I saw in his film is that he definitely has the size to play in the SEC, but there are things he needs to improve upon. He is a sound run blocker, but seems to struggle a bit in pass protection. It looks like his hands go toward the top of the defenders shoulder pads, giving them a chance to swat his hands away from them. I believe this is a reason he got a couple of holding calls against Shiloh. I’m not an expert, but it seems to me that if he got his hands lower on the defender’s pads around the chest area, he has a better chance of controlling his defender, and can use his strength to move him backwards.

I also noticed that he tends to back up a little too much in pass protection, allowing the defender to get a few steps in toward the backfield before Price gets a hand on him. Price seems to move well for a guy his size, especially his feet, but I would like to see him be a little more aggressive in pass protection. To me he shows a lot of finesse in his technique.

For the most part, he is a good run blocker, decent pass blocker, and moves pretty well for a 300 pound guy. I think his ranking is based on his size and potential at the next level, more so than how he has played so far in his high school career. I think he is a good player, but I think he has plenty to work on.

Strengths:
Size
Mobility
Run blocking

Weaknesses: (Areas for Improvement)
Pass Protection against speed rushers
Occasional holding calls


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